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Dr. Gerlinde Manz-Christ is the owner of direct diplomatic communications, an international communications consultancy and institute. After working for many years as an Austrian career diplomat, then as the Head of International Communications and Government Spokesperson for the Principality of Liechtenstein, Dr. Gerlinde Manz-Christ now passionately devotes herself to business and public diplomacy. She combines the art of diplomacy with successful business. She advises businesses, governments, and organizations in strategic and diplomatic communication, and Public Diplomacy, i.e. informing and influencing foreign publics

She has successfully accompanied numerous political and international crises in Japan, Israel, New York, Vienna, and Liechtenstein. Today, she imparts the essence of these experiences as an international keynote speaker and lecturer, executive management consultant and coach.

The multifaceted pioneer and adventurer was the first and up to now only foreigner to work in a traditional Japanese group in Sapporo, North Japan. She was the first woman heading the Austrian Foreign Ministry’s Press and Information Department. And she was one of the first Non-Native American people who were allowed to complete the Journey of the Waters, which is sacred to the Apache people.

Dr. Manz-Christ is a lecturer at the University of Innsbruck, and the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, among others. She studied law, translation science, international relations, and business administration.

For her outstanding achievements, Dr. Gerlinde Manz-Christ has been awarded the Grand Decoration of Honor in Silver with Star for services to the Republic of Austria and is a Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Jordan. In 2013 she was added to the Hall of Fame at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Since 2014 she is Honorary Member of the OCEANS Network of the European Commission.

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